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Build bridges and friendships! Plan and construct a bridge with this constructive lesson that’s inspired by a Maya Angelou book set in Paris.
Students research bridges around the world and in their neighborhood. Look for the Parisian architecture (and friendship overtures) shown in Reneé Marie of France, for example. Identify oblique, arch, suspension, cable, and covered bridges. Locate them on maps.
Make half a bridge. With Crayola Markers, students sketch one side of a bridge that includes a representation of or sign about: a. a fear to overcome b. a favorite activity c. a favorite person or possession d. something disliked.
After completing the sketch, students use Crayola Model Magic and drinking straws (cut them with Crayola Scissors)to construct the bridge half. Model Magic that is fresh from the pack sticks to itself.
Students collaborate with a classmate to figure out how to connect the space between the bridge halves. Sketch the span first, erasing to make any needed changes. Be inventive and include one common bond with a partner.
Create the completed bridge span. Place the construction on cardboard for stability. Cut posterboard sections or signs and decorate them with markers. Place them on the bridge. Air-dry the bridge overnight.
Students explain to their classmates each other’s bridge section and the common bonds they discovered during the construction.
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